Ar­ti­cle high­lighted di­ver­sity of Amer­ica

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

My com­pli­ments to Rick Boyd and South­ern Mary­land News­pa­pers for your very sen­si­tive, en­gag­ing, and in­sight­ful pro­file of our Mus­lim com­mu­nity and the un­for­tu­nate chal­lenges with which they must cope as tragic world events con­tinue to un­fold [“Is­lam in South­ern Mary­land,” Mary­land In­de­pen­dent, March 4].

We need only look to our his­tory as a coun­try to un­der­stand that hos­til­ity to­wards eth­nic, re­li­gious, and racial seg­ments of our pop­u­la­tion are both rep­re­hen­si­ble and deeply re­gret­ted in time. Con­sider the episodes of hate and dis­crim­i­na­tion to­ward Amer­i­can In­di­ans, African-Amer­i­cans, Ir­ish Catholics (my her­itage), and Ja­panese Amer­i­cans, to name only a few. Let us not add Mus­lims to this ugly legacy.

We should cel­e­brate the for­mi­da­ble strength in­her­ent in our di­ver­sity that con­tin­ues to con­trib­ute to our suc­cess as a na­tion, one re­spected above all as a land of in­clu­sion.

Joe Slater, La Plata

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